Here is what Rob says about the music:
Kurka's Julius Caesar...is in effect a compact tone poem addressing with music of shatteringly apposite force the turmoil of emotions and the passions gripping Caesar and Mark Anthony. Here ignorant armies clash by night. It put me in mind of William Alwyn in the First Symphony of 1949 (try 5:08) spliced with Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony and Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet (5:49). It is at that level - in other words not very dissonant. There are some highly romantic moments but angst and betrayal are never far away. The final Barber-like cauldron of the emotions recalls the tragic gravity of Shakespeare's play.
The Music for Orchestra...is an explosive and rhythmically aggressive piece which, in its ripely fruity brass work, relates to the horn writing of William Schuman (7:39) in the symphonies and to Hanson's Sixth Symphony (13.30).
From the pristine yield and surge of the first movement we move through melancholic fatigued resignation, to athletic energy and emerge into the purposeful bustle of the allegro.
Thes are not technical analyses - not required on this site - but surely convey vividly the reviewer's musical responses.
True, the quality of recording is not specifically addressed but obviously presents no issue otherwise the reviewer would have mentioned it.
If you could do better, I am sure Len Mullenger would welcome your submitting your own review.
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